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Hello World On PS Vita, Thanks to Buffer Overflow 123

Posted by timothy
from the in-the-palm-of-your-hand dept.
YokimaSun writes "Mamosuke, a PSP Homebrewer from Japan, has posted the first Hello World on the PS Vita which comes from the PSP Emulator in the console. Using a buffer overflow, he has found a way into the PSVita, and with many PSP Game exploits still around and not published for the whole homebrew and hacking community this means that in the short term homebrew is here on the PSvita. Lets hope this is the start of a true PSVita homebrew scene."
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Hello World On PS Vita, Thanks to Buffer Overflow

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  • That was fast (Score:5, Interesting)

    by JavaBear (9872) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @07:02PM (#38419706)

    That console haven't been out more than a day or so...

  • by LordLimecat (1103839) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @09:37PM (#38420578)

    A third-party tool that was horrible, to be sure, but again, where's your citation that they blamed the users and ever said what you put in quotes?

    Unfortunately, hes NOT lying, and that quote was from a fairly high up executive...
    Mr. THOMAS HESSE (President, Sony BMG Global Digital Business): Most people, I think, don't even know what a Rootkit is, so why should they care about it?
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4989260 [npr.org]

    That quote isnt itself a crime, but it certainly is a poor attempt to defend their actions, and kind of indicates Sony's relationship with its customers.

    If you want to know the reasons basically everyone on the internet hates sony, you can start by reading Maddox's take on it [thebestpag...iverse.net] (which is pretty spot on, despite the crudity of it). Long story short,

    1. They shut down Lik-Sang. Wonderful, now I cant buy Hori controllers anymore. The irony of it is that apparently even Sony employees were importing thru LikSang
    2. They had the whole rootkit debacle mentioned above, which they handled with the grace of an elephant and about as much tact as Maddox. I think they eventually released a tool to remove the kit, which ended up either causing further problems or not actually fixing the broken CD drives it created. (Windows reinstall necessary). Mark Russinovich has a writeup on the whole thing, but the NPR link above summarizes it pretty well.
    3. Part of Sony is Sony BMG, which is part of the RIAA that everyone on the internet loves so much.
    4. They started removing features from the PS3 from iteration 2 on (USB ports, etc), which is always a way to make your customers love you.
    5. They got the crap hacked out of them, and then denied the severity of it, resulting in two [penny-arcade.com] rather spot [penny-arcade.com] (and hillarious) on Penny Arcade comics. They also posted a...post... [penny-arcade.com] on it which basically sums it up: They lack the ability to communicate in a meaningful way with their customers.
    6. Theyre behind Blu-Ray, and its encryption, which again is super duper popular with normal slashdot folks.

    Not all of those are crimes (blu-ray), but when you add them together you get the impression that Sony doesnt even really pretend to care about its customers, and really is your stereotypical faceless monster of a corporation. They barely even have a cool-factor to offset it, like Nintendo can pull off.

  • BS.. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SuperDre (982372) on Monday December 19, 2011 @04:30AM (#38422274) Homepage
    It's not true that the PS-vita has been hacked.. All that was established is that the PSP-emulator does exactly what a real PSP does, because all the hacks that work on the original PSP also work on the PSP-emulator that runs on the PS-vita..

    If the hacks didn't work there would be a big problem running PSP-games on the PS-vita anyway.. But then again, this is good news for original PSP-owners who now can get 'illegal' images of the UMD-games they already own and run them on the PS-vita (where you otherwise had to rebuy them, which ofcourse is ridiculous if you already own the original PSP-game).

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